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How to Deal Blackjack
Cutting the deck
           At the end of the shuffle, you will always offer the player the cut card so he can cut the deck. Cut cards are used to cover the bottom of a handheld deck and it is also used as a warning card to signify that its time for a shuffle. You must always cut the deck after a shuffle. There is usually 1 cut card on a shoe game and 2 cut cards on a handheld deck game. The reason why the cards are cut is to prevent someone form cheating by swapping decks. That is why it is important to rotate which players cut the deck.

Never stick to one person because this looks suspicious. Make sure to keep your focus and attention on the deck when the player is cutting it. Never allow the players to run the cut card along the edges of the deck. If the cut is unsatisfactory then the cut card must be removed from the deck and offered again to the player for a re-cut. If no players want to cut the deck then the dealer is allowed to cut. First announce “Dealers cut” and once you get the approval then you can cut the deck.
Offering the Cut Card on a Handheld Deck
Where the player can cut the double deck
offering the cut card
           There are different ways to offer the cut card depending on what game you’re at. For a single or double deck the procedure starts by making sure the decks are squared off. Place the cut card on top of the deck and put your forefinger on top to hold it in place. Extend the deck and the cut card towards the player. Don’t go past the insurance line.

The player will grab the cut card and place it anywhere in the deck. Most casinos will tell you to place the cut card between the first 15 cards and the last 15 cards. Bring the deck back to you and, holding the deck close to the table, cut the deck and place the bottom portion on the top of the deck so that the cut card is now on the bottom.
Offering the Cut Card on a Shoe
Where the player should cut the deck
Where to place the second cut card
           You start the procedure when you finish shuffling. Call out “Rolling” and roll the deck. Place the deck against the shoe and hit the edge so you straighten the deck. Then place the cut card on top of the decks and hold it in place with your forefinger. Extend this to the player but do not go past the insurance line. The player will grab the cut card and cut anywhere between the first deck-and-a-half and last deck-and-a-half. Bring the deck back and place it against the shoe.

Bring the top portion back to the bottom portion so that the cut card is now on the bottom. Pick up the second cut card and place it about 1 to 1 ½ decks from the bottom. The second cut card is placed there to indicate to the dealer when it is time to shuffle.
Putting the Deck in the Shoe
           Take the wedge out of the shoe and with your right hand thumb and middle finger, grip the deck and tilt up. With your left hand, make a flat palm and put it under the deck. Lift up and tilt downward and slide the deck into the shoe. While still holding the cards, put the wedge back in. If you use one hand on the cards, especially new ones, you will find that they are slippery and will burst from your hand, all over the table and onto the floor. Do not lift the shoe over the cards and do not lift the decks over the shoe.
Burning a Card
           A card must always be burned at the end of a shuffle and when a new dealer arrives at a table. To begin the procedure; take the top card and slide it across the table placing it in the discard rack. Make sure not to expose this card. If it accidently flips up and is exposed then notify the floor.
Washing the Deck
           You will always wash the deck after getting new cards. Take the deck and swirl them in a circle. With your hands open and fingers spread, blend the cards together. This will mix the cards up and stop someone from accusing the house of fixing the deck.
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